Southpaw who was WBO Heavyweight Champion from June 2007-February 2008, silver medal as a heavyweight at the European Championships.
He fought in the heavyweight division at the 2000 Summer Olympics as an amateur.
He became only the fifth southpaw heavyweight champion in history.
He is of Avar Dagestani descent.
He won the WBO Heavyweight title by beating Shannon Briggs on February 6, 2007.